How To Tell If You Have the Quiet Xbox 360 DVD

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You may have heard that all Xbox 360 DVD drives manufacturered after November '06 were getting the quieter BenQ drives. Why's this important? Because the earlier models were like having your wife blow-dry her hair every time you were trying to play Gears online.

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So how do you tell which one you've got? Xbox Scene has a comparison with all three drives. Toshiba/Samsung on the left, Hitachi/LG in the middle, and BenQ on the right. If you've just purchased a drive in the last few weeks and don't have the BenQ drive, take it back to the store for an exchange and see if you can get lucky.

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Compare Xbox360 DVD Trays: Toshiba-Samsung, Hitachi-LG and Benq [Xbox-Scene]

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There's also a small flap on each Xbox 360 box with a tab that's labeled "Serial Number" or something like that. Looking under the flap and into the box you can see the serial number for the machine. Above the serial number (you may need to push the Xbox around a bit to see it) is the manufacture date.

At Best Buy in Pittsburgh on Saturday, all the Xbox 360 Premiums I looked at had manufacture dates of 2006-12-14.